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The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now

A list of 15 movies that are far more than chick flicks.
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Don't let the Academy (or your cynical cineaste friend) tell you differently: A great Rom-Com is a true work of art. Telling a convincing story of love while making you laugh is no easy feat, which is why there are so many bad romantic comedies out there. We've chosen 15 of the best Netflix has to offer, because what better way is there to spend an evening, whether you're sharing the couch with someone you love or enjoying it all to yourself.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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After finding out that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase her memory of him, a heartbroken man decides to take matters into his own hands and have the same procedure As his memories of her start to disappear, he realizes more about their relationship and worries that he's made a terrible mistake. A twisty, inventive love story that doesn't shy away from the many ways lovers break each other's hearts.

Amelie


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Amelie is a genre-bending romantic movie that's perfect for the reluctant rom-com watcher. Acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet weaves a fanciful story about a young woman who has lived a cloistered life and moves to Paris to become a waitress. Her fantasy life spills into her real one as she searches for the boy who once lived in her apartment.

13 Going on 30


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This classic confronts the unavoidable rollercoaster of emotions most people face when growing up and falling in love. After making a wish to no longer be her 13-year-old self, Jenna wakes up to discover that she's now 30 with a glamorous and demanding life that she ever imagined she would have. Watch and you'll be left with major "I never want to grow up" vibes.

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Mamma Mia!


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Drama swiftly arises when a bride invites three men from her mother's past to her wedding ceremony. Although her intention was to meet her real father, the surprising reunion results in some rather uncomfortable confrontation. Grab your mom, your sister, or your best friend and prepare to indulge in one of the greatest sing-along chick flicks of our time.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before


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This new release is already making a name for itself. The romance, based on the novel by Jenny Han, follows a teenage girl who writes letters to all her crushes—and then has these deeply personal notes exposed. This sweet tale of young love is endearing without being saccharine.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


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A magazine editor who's assigned to write a story on how to successfully scare off a guy meets an advertising executive who's placed a bet with co-workers that he can win over the heart of any woman. With his goal being to make her fall in love with him and hers being to turn him off, there's plenty of madcap hijinks. Plus Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are rom-com pros who deftly handle all the clichés.

Up in the Air


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More dystopic than uplifting, this is nonetheless a movie about two people trying to find each other. George Clooney (we had to get a Clooney in here somewhere) plays a downsizing expert who travels the globe to deliver the hard news to employees that they're being let go. Just as he's about to reach an impressive ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets the woman of his dreams and is forced to decide between love and the lonesome freedom of his life in the skies.

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No Reservations


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For those of you who struggle with a healthy work-life balance, this pick might be all you need to set your priorities straight. A hard-working chef gets a run for her money after she becomes both the guardian of her young niece and manager to a handsome sous-chef.

Like Father


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Kristen Bell can do no wrong. In this Netflix original, she plays a bride who's been left at the altar, and decides to go on her honeymoon anyway. The dreamy newlywed getaway turns into an unexpected family reunion when she's joined by her father, whom she hasn't seen since she was five years old.

The Money Pit


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This one might be better labeled an un-romantic comedy. Tom Hanks and Shelley Long play a young married couple who unravel as they renovate a dilapidated mansion. This classic is the perfect reality check for anyone who thinks marriage or real estate are the keys to a happy life.

Want to see what the money pit looks like now? Check out the Long Island estate, which recently sold for $5.9 million.

The African Queen


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This icon practically invented the trop of the reluctant lovers brought together by danger. After coping with the loss of her brother, who was killed in Africa during World War I, a disheartened woman played by Katherine Hepburn seeks a captain (Humphrey Bogart) to help to destroy a German gunboat. They hate each other immediately—a sure sign they'll fall in love.

Set it Up


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Two assistants conspire to set up their demanding bosses in the hopes of catching a break from their hectic workloads. Naturally, the two fall for each other as well. Although it's probably not the best idea to pursue such a scheme in your actual work life, it's fun to watch it play out on screen.

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Moonrise Kingdom


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If you've ever considered running off with your soulmate, this pick is right up your alley. After two smitten 12-year-olds decide to leave their quaint New England town, a search party is sent out to find. Wes Anderson-directed adventure and discovery ensues.

Love Actually


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Everyone's favorite holiday movie doubles as a romantic comedy you can watch any time of the year. Follow along as the love lives of a dozen characters unfold and intersect.

Chocolat


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This story of a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French town just before lent is a fantastical confection that's fun to watch, even if it dissolves quickly without leaving much of an impression. Johnny Depp nostalgists will appreciate the time before Captain Jack skeeviness.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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